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What Patriots coach Bill Belichick said about the Miami Dolphins Tuesday

Here is some of what Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a conference call with South Florida media on Tuesday: • Ryan Tannehill is doing well in pretty much everything. Start with 73 percent completions. He handles a lot at the line of scrimmage. He can get the team into the right plays. He’s making good decisions in the option game and on who to throw the ball to. They have a lot of...
The Tape Don’t Lie: Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders, a review

The Tape Don’t Lie: Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders, a review

Dolphins coach Adam Gase says, “The tape don’t lie.” So each week, I’ll give the game tape a closer look. Here are some things I noticed after watching Miami’s 28-20 defeat of the Oakland Raiders, which moved Gase’s Dolphins to 3-0 for the first time, and gave the team a two-game lead in the AFC East. 1. Ryan Tannehill throws a pretty, accurate football. ...
Lieser: Miami Dolphins ride high into first real test at Patriots

Lieser: Miami Dolphins ride high into first real test at Patriots

They’ve tried to keep it to themselves, even when they pulled off a couple of big wins to open the season, but the Dolphins can’t contain themselves any longer. Their poorly kept secret is out. All the talk during the last few months about not caring what anybody outside their building said and being unaware of the perception that their season was going to be a trainwreck was pretend....
Mike Gesicki ready, if thrust into starting role with Miami Dolphins

Mike Gesicki ready, if thrust into starting role with Miami Dolphins

Mike Gesicki pushed off of a Raiders cornerback, ran an in-route, caught a pass from Ryan Tannehill and turned upfield, ran past a slower linebacker and lowered his head as he plowed into a defensive back. With the Dolphins trailing in the third quarter, it was a critical gain of 19 yards. Gesicki confidently signaled first down. “All my routes I’m just running to win, whether it&rsquo...
Dolphins DT Akeem Spence disputes ejection for using helmet as weapon

Dolphins DT Akeem Spence disputes ejection for using helmet as weapon

Dolphins defensive tackle Akeem Spence regrets the situation his ejection caused for his teammates, but that’s about it. Miami lost Spence for the day early in the second quarter of its 28-20 victory over the Raiders when a post-play celebration got out of hand. As Spence joined the fun after Cameron Wake sacked Derek Carr for a big third-down stop, he got into it with Oakland left guard Kelechi...
Miami Dolphins lose William Hayes for season as he tries not to apply weight to QB

Miami Dolphins lose William Hayes for season as he tries not to apply weight to QB

The Miami Dolphins lost defensive end William Hayes for the season with a torn ACL, coach Adam Gase said Monday. Hayes injured his knee on a sack of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Gase said Hayes injured himself while trying to avoid putting his body weight on Carr. That rule is a point-of-emphasis for NFL officials this season. “I’m just telling you what happened,” Gase...
What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Monday (Patriots week)

What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Monday (Patriots week)

The Dolphins are riding high at 3-0 heading into Sunday’s game at New England, and coach Adam Gase even smiled a few times at this morning’s press conference. Not all the news was good for Miami, though. Here are some updates from Gase: -- Defensive end William Hayes is out for the year with a torn ACL. Gase said he got injured trying to avoid putting his body weight on quarterback Derek...
Miami Dolphins Snap Conclusions: Who played a lot, who didn’t

Miami Dolphins Snap Conclusions: Who played a lot, who didn’t

The Dolphins are 3-0 and every other team in the AFC East is 1-2. Just as everyone predicted. Miami is finding ways to win. In Sunday’s defeat of the Oakland Raiders, the defense bent but did not break. And Miami’s exciting playmaking and speed came through as Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson, tiny troublemakers, exploded in the fourth quarter with game-winning touchdowns. Here are five...
Dolphins defensive line depth tested in win over Raiders

Dolphins defensive line depth tested in win over Raiders

During halftime Sunday, starting defensive tackle Akeem Spence’s backup, Vincent Taylor, approached him inside the Dolphins’ locker room and made him a promise. “Next time I see you, we’re going to have a dub [win],” Taylor said he told Spence, who had been ejected in the second quarter for ripping off Raiders offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele’s helmet and then...
 Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase dialing up fun, thrilling, winning trick plays

 Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase dialing up fun, thrilling, winning trick plays

We may never know what the play was called, and perhaps it’s better that way, it sort of adds to the mystery, the suspense, the lore. It was a touchdown. And it was critical. And it involved Ryan Tannehill, Frank Gore, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant. And it was fun. And it was splendid. And it was thrilling. And it was the most important play in the Miami Dolphins’ 28-20 home defeat of...
Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase: Gadget play for touchdown ‘straight thievery’

Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase: Gadget play for touchdown ‘straight thievery’

The play that everybody wanted to talk about the most was the one Adam Gase wanted to talk about the least. The play, naturally, was the gadget that covered 52 yards and gave the Dolphins their first lead in a 28-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Ryan Tannehill took the snap, handed off to Frank Gore, who pitched it to Albert Wilson, who threw it to Jakeem Grant. “It was just straight thievery...
Meet the next great NFL cornerback: Dolphins’ star Xavien Howard

Meet the next great NFL cornerback: Dolphins’ star Xavien Howard

Xavien Howard has arrived, and he knows it. His teammates know it, too, and they barely allowed him to get through his post-game media availability after snaring two interceptions in the Dolphins’ 28-20 victory over the Raiders. A few lockers over, Bobby McCain wouldn’t stop yelling, “X-Factor,” and players from across the room were hollering as Howard tried to answer...
Ryan Tannehill: Miami Dolphins’ ways ‘are going to take us there’

Ryan Tannehill: Miami Dolphins’ ways ‘are going to take us there’

There came a point Sunday when Ryan Tannehill knew if the Dolphins were going to beat the Oakland Raiders, they were going to have to do it through the air. He also knew they were going to have to do it after scoring not many points and losing too many players. It says something about these Dolphins that Tannehill was fine with all that. In the end, the Dolphins beat the Oakland Raiders 28-20 to improve...
Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has key catch in return from injury

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has key catch in return from injury

DeVante Parker never says much, but it was clear missing out on all the Dolphins’ fun the first two weeks of this season was tough on him. It was to the point that he didn’t come into his season debut Sunday with any expectations other than just getting the joy of running out there with his teammates again. Parker did much more than that, though. He caught a deep ball down the right...
Grading the Miami Dolphins for their 28-20 victory against the Oakland Raiders

Grading the Miami Dolphins for their 28-20 victory against the Oakland Raiders

Grading the Dolphins for their 28-20 comeback victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon: Ryan Tannehill had a day of extremes. His touchdown “pass” to Jakeem Grant was a glorified pitch that traveled a couple of yards in the air and had to be the easiest TD pass of his career. But wait: Was it his fourth-down pitch to Albert Wilson that officially was scored as a 74-yard TD...
Five instant takeaways from Dolphins’ 28-20 win over Raiders

Five instant takeaways from Dolphins’ 28-20 win over Raiders

Another week, another wild win for the Dolphins. This one required a trick play straight off the playground and an interception in the end zone for Miami to emerge with a 28-20 victory over the Raiders and move to 3-0 as it heads into a crucial showdown against the Patriots. It was a rocky afternoon, one that saw the home crowd booing them early then erupting at the end, but the Dolphins pulled it...
Miami Dolphins DL: Akeem Spence ejected; William Hayes injured

Miami Dolphins DL: Akeem Spence ejected; William Hayes injured

The Dolphins’ defensive line took two blows in the first half of a game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. First, defensive end William Hayes sustained an apparent injury during a sack of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Hayes was writhing on the ground in pain and his knee was checked by trainers. Hayes was able to walk off the field with some discomfort. If Hayes is out for any measure...
Miami Dolphins: Who’s In/Who’s Out vs. Oakland Raiders

Miami Dolphins: Who’s In/Who’s Out vs. Oakland Raiders

The Miami Dolphins will go without Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones (shoulder) against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. Rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick will start at safety for the Dolphins. This means Bobby McCain could play some slot and Cordrea Tankersley and/or Torry McTyer could see some time at outside corner. Maurice Smith is also capable of playing deep safety. Wide receiver DeVante...
NEWS: Update on Reshad Jones’ status for Dolphins vs. Raiders

NEWS: Update on Reshad Jones’ status for Dolphins vs. Raiders

Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones is not expected to play today against the Oakland Raiders, according to a league source. Jones has been listed as questionable this week with a shoulder injury. In his place, the Dolphins could use safety Maurice Smith, who has been activated from the practice squad. The Dolphins could also move slot corner Minkah Fitzpatrick to safety, move corner Bobby...
5 Miami Dolphins under pressure vs. Oakland Raiders

5 Miami Dolphins under pressure vs. Oakland Raiders

The Dolphins are attempting to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 by beating the Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. The Raiders beat the Dolphins 27-24 in Miami last season despite Jay Cutler’s 311 yards and three touchdowns. Here are five Dolphins under pressure in Sunday’s game: 1) S Minkah Fitzpatrick — Last year, Raiders tight end Jared Cook abused Miami...
Competitive culture: On Adam Gase’s Dolphins, no player entitled to start, or dress, any given week

Competitive culture: On Adam Gase’s Dolphins, no player entitled to start, or dress, any given week

When the Dolphins start a new week of practice, coach Adam Gase generally has a good idea of the players who will end up inactive the following Sunday. But in no way is it etched in stone. In fact, players have been been “up” or “down” as coaches and players say, based on their practice performance on offense, defense, or often most importantly, special teams. &ldquo...
A conversation with Dolphins DE Cameron Wake about learning, teaching and being unhappy

A conversation with Dolphins DE Cameron Wake about learning, teaching and being unhappy

Whenever Cameron Wake flashes a smile, it always seems like it’s escaping from him. He’d prefer to maintain the image of the bad, brooding defensive end who exists only to demolish opposing quarterbacks. He rarely seems less happy, by the way, than when he does his weekly media availability. Or media obligation, as Wake puts it. When told Friday — jokingly — that it’s...
Dolphins begrudgingly admire Marshawn Lynch’s powerful running style

Dolphins begrudgingly admire Marshawn Lynch’s powerful running style

Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke has trouble getting himself in the right frame of mind to give Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch his due. The nature of his job makes it hard to think of Lynch as anything other than a problem he must deal with in Sunday’s game. But if he steps back for a moment, it seems like Lynch would be one of his favorite players to watch.  “I respect...
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill keeps it safe, steady in revamped passing attack

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill keeps it safe, steady in revamped passing attack

There’s a fine line between complimenting and insulting Ryan Tannehill when it comes to discussing his role in the Dolphins’ thriving offense. Calling him proficient, for example, sounds nice. But saying he’s capable or competent starts veering into that “game manager” description most quarterbacks seem to hate.  The essence of what Miami’s done in the first...
Ex-Dwyer, FSU TE Nick O’Leary starts from bottom with Dolphins

Ex-Dwyer, FSU TE Nick O’Leary starts from bottom with Dolphins

One of the best Palm Beach County high school football players in recent history is getting a second chance with the Dolphins. Nick O’Leary, a tight end who played for Dwyer and Florida State, is attempting to climb his way up from Miami’s practice squad three years after being drafted in the sixth round. “It’s good to get going again, get on the field again and work your way...
Hard to find great pass rushers? Miami Dolphins have embarrassment of riches

Hard to find great pass rushers? Miami Dolphins have embarrassment of riches

Robert Quinn has 63.5 career sacks and so he knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a premier pass rusher in the NFL. “You’ve got power rushers, you’ve got speed rushers,” Quinn said. “You’ve got guys who love to use their hands. You know when you see it on tape.” Quinn mentions that Von Miller is the best pass rusher he’s seen. He agrees Khalil...
Dolphins S Maurice Smith back on roster after turbulent 3 weeks

Dolphins S Maurice Smith back on roster after turbulent 3 weeks

At any point in the last year or so, Dolphins safety Maurice Smith would’ve made the obligatory statements about how the NFL is a business and nothing is guaranteed. Now he knows firsthand how true those things are. Smith clawed his way onto Miami’s roster as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and stayed with the team the entire season, then believed he’d made the cut once again at...
Jerome Baker inspired by Cam Wake’s powerful message to rookies

Jerome Baker inspired by Cam Wake’s powerful message to rookies

Jerome Baker is one of the happiest guys you’d ever want to meet. He is a perpetual bundle of positive energy. Here is a Friday conversation with the Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker: Post: If you had a party in your backyard, what artist or band do you want there? Baker: Drake. He brings something different. And I’m going to the show later tonight in Miami. Everybody knows his songs....
Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore trained as boxer in 2018 offseason

Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore trained as boxer in 2018 offseason

It takes creativity to find ways to keep in shape this late in a career without putting on unnecessary mileage, and Dolphins running back Frank Gore went into the recent offseason trying to find exercise that required minimal exertion on his legs. He settled on boxing. Gore, a 14-year veteran who is surely headed to the Hall of Fame, spent his summer in the ring and took to the sport quickly. &ldquo...
What Dolphins coach Adam Gase just said, Friday before Raiders game

What Dolphins coach Adam Gase just said, Friday before Raiders game

Here are some things Adam Gase said Friday, two days before Miami tries to go to 3-0 by defeating the Oakland Raiders: • Reshad Jones is doing a little bit more each day. There is a good chance he’ll be able to go. • DeVante Parker is in good shape. • I like that we’re getting so many guys touches. • It’s a good problem to have so many running backs and wide receivers...
Miami Dolphins’ position groups of concern vs. Oakland Raiders

Miami Dolphins’ position groups of concern vs. Oakland Raiders

As much as the Raiders look like they’re spiraling and the Dolphins are surging to start the season, Miami rarely has an easy one. It’d be surprising to see Sunday’s home game against Oakland be anything other than a tight game. It’s one the Dolphins can’t afford to lose, though, if they’re going to contend for a playoff spot this year. Good teams win these...
Miami Dolphins practice report: Updates on DeVante Parker, Reshad Jones

Miami Dolphins practice report: Updates on DeVante Parker, Reshad Jones

The Dolphins held their final practice of the week, a walk-through, this morning in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Raiders. The biggest question remains whether wide receiver DeVante Parker will make his season debut. Here are some updates from today’s practice: -- Parker appeared to be a full participant, as he has been all week. He ran routes with the rest of the receivers...
Kiko Alonso returns to destructive, disruptive ways; leads neophyte Dolphins linebackers

Kiko Alonso returns to destructive, disruptive ways; leads neophyte Dolphins linebackers

Dolphins coach Adam Gase mentioned on Thursday that outside linebacker Kiko Alonso has been involved in defensive play-calling. Through two games this season, it is clear that Alonso has re-established himself as a tenacious, walloping force, but also that he has emerged as the trusted leader for Miami’s youthful linebackers. “The responsibility is getting them the call so everyone can...
This is the smooth, dependable Laremy Tunsil the Miami Dolphins chose as building block

This is the smooth, dependable Laremy Tunsil the Miami Dolphins chose as building block

Laremy Tunsil is saying over and over again that it’s about being there for the team, the offensive line and his coaches. “I’m going to keep saying the same thing over and over,” Tunsil said Thursday. What Tunsil has put on tape over and over this season are consistently good reps. Tunsil is fully living up to his status as a first-round Miami Dolphins offensive tackle. &ldquo...
What Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Thursday

What Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Thursday

Here is some of what Dowell Loggains said Thursday: • Laremy Tunsil is really strong in pass pro. • There is going to come a time in the NFL when you’re going to have to throw it 45 times to win a game. [RELATED STORY: The Tape Don’t Lie: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, a review] • Separation is an area Mike Gesicki has to improve on. • Ted Larsen did a &ldquo...
What Miami Dolphins coaches are telling frustrated DE Charles Harris

What Miami Dolphins coaches are telling frustrated DE Charles Harris

Charles Harris has two sacks in 18 NFL games and he is fully aware. “I think he gets frustrated sometimes,” Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Thursday. “He hasn’t had as many of the positive results — end results — statistically. He’s had a lot of pressures for us and affected plays but he just hasn’t had that putting up sack numbers...
Mystery of Dolphins WR DeVante Parker lingers: Will 2018 be his year?

Mystery of Dolphins WR DeVante Parker lingers: Will 2018 be his year?

With the Dolphins’ offense off to a strong start and coach Adam Gase enjoying the creativity and flexibility of moving his passing targets all over the field, it’s unclear exactly how wide receiver DeVante Parker will fit in once he returns from a broken finger. Gase is continuing to assess whether Parker will make his season debut in Sunday’s home game against the Raiders, though...
Miami Dolphins defensive updates from DC Matt Burke (Raiders week)

Miami Dolphins defensive updates from DC Matt Burke (Raiders week)

The Dolphins’ defense already looks decisively better than it did last year, and their defensive line hasn’t even started rolling yet. Miami goes into Sunday’s game against the Raiders ranking in the top 10 in the NFL in fewest points allowed and takeaways. Here are some updates from defensive coordinator Matt Burke after today’s practice: -- He regretted not playing rookie...
Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan wary of Raiders’ offense despite struggles

Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan wary of Raiders’ offense despite struggles

The Raiders come into Sunday’s game against the Dolphins with a bottom-five scoring offense, but they’ve got the weapons to bust that slump at any time. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr has made three straight Pro Bowls and opened this season by completing 80.6 percent of his passes, and running back Marshawn Lynch is coming off a year of nearly 900 yards rushing. “They like feeding...
How DeVante Parker’s finger injury feels three days before Raiders game

How DeVante Parker’s finger injury feels three days before Raiders game

DeVante Parker has had an extra week to allow a broken finger on his right hand to heal, and he says it’s feeling much better. “It does, actually,” Parker said Thursday. “Big difference.” Parker spoke with Dolphins coach Adam Gase about why he was held out of last week’s game, despite feeling he was ready to return. “He just told me it wouldn’t hurt...
What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Thursday (Raiders week)

What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Thursday (Raiders week)

The Dolphins are looking for their first 3-0 start in five years, and a win Sunday against the Raiders would make it the latest they’ve held sole possession of first place in the AFC East since 2005. Dolphins coach Adam Gase expected this all along coming into a season in which the rest of the country expected them to be one of the worst teams in the league. Here are Gase’s updates after...
Miami Dolphins practice report: Reshad Jones, DeVante Parker Thursday updates

Miami Dolphins practice report: Reshad Jones, DeVante Parker Thursday updates

The Dolphins practiced inside their bubble on Thursday afternoon, in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Oakland Raiders. Safety Reshad Jones (shoulder) was suited up and went through some individual drills with teammates. Jones did not appear to be in visible pain or discomfort and was seen throwing a football with each hand. If Jones were to have some sort of a setback, the Dolphins...
Watch our Dolphins-Raiders Week 3 simulation on Madden 18

Watch our Dolphins-Raiders Week 3 simulation on Madden 18

This NFL season, we at the Post are making our predictions every week.  But it's another thing entirely to play the game out in advance. And that's precisely what we're doing each week.  And you get to watch.  Each week of the 2018 Dolphins season, we'll have Madden NFL 18 simulate that week's matchup, and you get to stream it live on twitch.tv and watch the archived footage after...
ChauxDown! Dolphins’ Davon Godchaux eats crawfish, gator and... raccoon

ChauxDown! Dolphins’ Davon Godchaux eats crawfish, gator and... raccoon

Davon Godchaux is wearing a ChauxDown T-Shirt, which is actually really nice (and available online) and he’s explaining that it’s about his foundation, which is to support healthy eating in children. So far, so good. “Growing up as a child, you always want to eat right to get to this level,” Godchaux, Miami’s second-year defensive tackle is explaining. ChauxDown is a...
TE Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer joins Miami Dolphins

TE Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer joins Miami Dolphins

Tight end Nick O’Leary of Palm Beach and Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens is joining the Miami Dolphins practice squad, according to a league source. O’Leary, who is the grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and was a standout at Florida State, last played for the Buffalo Bills. O’Leary was a sixth-round draft choice of Buffalo in 2015. O’Leary played 35 games over...
‘Hustle up, Tanny-hill’: The brief, awkward history between Ryan Tannehill, Jon Gruden

‘Hustle up, Tanny-hill’: The brief, awkward history between Ryan Tannehill, Jon Gruden

For three hours, between the practice field and the film room, Ryan Tannehill kept quiet while Jon Gruden repeatedly mispronounced his name. Tannehill was one of 10 quarterbacks invited to do a QB Camp episode with Gruden on ESPN leading up to the 2012 draft, and it opens with a shot of Gruden on the field barking, “Hustle back, ‘Tanny-hill,’ this ain’t no air-conditioned Combine...
All they do is win, win, win (Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill, with Adam Gase) 

All they do is win, win, win (Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill, with Adam Gase) 

With a hat tip to DJ Khaled and Ludacris and friends, all Adam Gase and Ryan Tannehill do is win. Together. Hands go up? Sure, like officials and fans, who more often than not are able to celebrate when Tannehill and Gase are on the same sideline, working together, on game days. Don’t believe me? Gase is 10-5 when Tannehill is under center. And 8-12 (including a playoff loss) when anyone else...
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